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Community Shows Support for Former Mesabi Daily News Editor

June 23, 2017 10:40 PM

It was a special night for Bill Hanna and his friends and family. The event called "Bill's All Pumped Up-Let's Give from the Heart," had food, entertainment, a silent auction, but most importantly for Hanna, education about organ donation from LifeSource.

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After suffering a heart attack in August, Hanna received the gift of a new heart.  

"I got back home on Monday and I'm already feeling stronger and this does wonders for mental health," Bill Hanna said.  

Now the community decided to come together to support him and raise awareness for organ donation.  

"When we say we're family up here in the Iron Range, sometimes people roll their eyes, but we are," Hanna said.  

The former editor of the Mesabi Daily News has certainly left an impact on his community.  

"Everybody in this room at some time, I pissed them off with an editorial and yet look at them"

Even Governor Dayton made an appearance.  

"He's someone that cares about the Iron Range through and through," Dayton said.  "I always knew he had a great heart.  I'm just glad he has a healthy one now." 

After countless hospital visits and many more to come, everyone is happy to support Hanna and his new heart.  

"Anything that we can do for Bill, we're willing to be there and I think the community feels the same way," a friend, Jeffrey Damm, said. "Bill is a special person." 

All of the money raised at the benefit will help Hanna and his family with medical bills.  


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